Orlando Sentinal, 11/2/06
Disney is wrapping up cable contracts

Negotiations for the deals with Comcast and Time Warner have taken years.

Joseph Menn, Los Angeles Times

Walt Disney Co. is nearing multiyear deals to continue to supply billions of dollars worth of content to the two largest U.S. cable operators, Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Inc., according to people involved in the talks.

The negotiations have been going on for years and cover a wide range of issues, including the license fees Disney will charge for ESPN, the Disney Channel and its other networks.

The Comcast deal, which could be announced within weeks, also calls for the Philadelphia-based cable company to buy Disney's 39.5 percent stake in E! Entertainment Television for about $1.2 billion.
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